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14 Enhancing Mobility: Key features to consider when purchasing a Walker/Rollator Choosing the right walker or rollator is essential for maintaining independence and regaining mobility. As the market offers many options, it can be overwhelming to navigate the sea of features and make an informed decision. Let’s explore the crucial features you should consider when purchasing a walker/rollator. Safety and Stability: A paramount concern is the walker/rollator’s stability. Look for features such as sturdy frames, reliable brakes, and non-slip handles to ensure a secure walking experience. Adjustable height options and ergonomic grips are vital to promote proper posture and reduce strain on the body. Ease of Use: Consider the manoeuvrability of the walker/rollator. Lightweight models with swivel wheels provide greater agility, while larger wheels offer better stability on various terrains. Additionally, features like foldability, one-hand operation, and intuitive locking mechanisms simplify transportation and storage. Comfort and Customisation: A walker/rollator should provide optimal comfort during use. Padded seats and backrests offer convenient resting spots, while cushioned handles minimise discomfort and pressure. Fit and Adjustability: Proper fit is crucial for user comfort and safety. Look for adjustable handle heights that suit your individual stature. Consider seat height if you plan to use the rollator for resting. Assess the weight capacity to ensure it can accommodate your needs. Real-Life Reviews: Don’t overlook the power of user experiences. Seek out reviews and testimonials from individuals who have already purchased the walker/rollator you are considering. Their insights can provide valuable information and help you make an informed decision. Remember, choosing the right walker/rollator is a highly personal decision. Take the time to explore various options, consult with healthcare professionals or visit our store to trial our range of walkers and get personalised advice. At Adaptive Equipment, we stock and have access to all the major brands like Pride, Merits, Freedom Healthcare and Aspire. Whether you require mobility equipment to maintain the ability to move around freely and easily in society, at home or in employment, or daily living aids to assist you around the house to maintain personal care, comfort, and dignity, we can help. Come and see us at Shop 4 / 41 Ferry Road Southport or our new store at Shop 2, 14-16 Loganlea Road, Waterford West. Wishing you a life filled with mobility, independence, and the freedom to explore the world. See advert page 15 > What to try when your family tree leaves you stumped When you hit a brick wall in your family tree, frustration and confusion can be overwhelming. As someone who's been down this road, I've discovered a few strategies that might help you navigate through these tough spots. Firstly, take a step back. Sometimes, staring at the same documents or names for too long can cloud your judgment. Put the research aside for a few days or even weeks. Clear your mind and return with fresh eyes. You might spot something you missed before. Next, broaden your search. If you're fixated on one particular ancestor, try exploring their siblings, cousins, or even neighbours. Sometimes, the key to breaking through a brick wall lies in the periphery of your research. Consider alternative spellings and variations of names. Our ancestors weren't always consistent with their names on official documents, leading to discrepancies in records. Don't dismiss a potential lead just because the name doesn't match perfectly. Utilise different sources and repositories. Libraries, archives, and online databases each have their own set of records and resources. If you've been focusing solely on one source, try branching out to others. Lastly, don't hesitate to seek help. Whether it's joining genealogy forums, hiring a professional researcher, or collaborating with distant relatives, fresh perspectives and collective knowledge can often provide the breakthrough you need. Remember, building your family tree is a journey, not a race. Embrace the challenges, learn from setbacks, and celebrate every small victory along the way. For help with producing your family tree, you may like to join the Gold Coast Family History Society. For a modest yearly fee, you will have access to a comprehensive library, many worldwide subscription websites, and fellow researchers prepared to help you get started or break down any brick walls you may encounter. For further information visit http://www. goldcoastfhs.org.au or attend our rooms at Bicentennial Building, 833 NerangSouthport Road, Nerang. GOLD COAST FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Do something special. Give blood. Call 13 14 95 download the app or donateblood.com.au

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16 Answer to Crossword No. 106 from last issue Answer to Cryptic Xword No. 106 from last issue Answer to Sudoku No. 106 from last issue CRYPTIC 107 1 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 3 4 5 6 7 ACROSS 5. Rose’s cold aggravated the lip infections.(9) 8. Killed the wayward snail.(5) 9. Sadly lost again yearning for the past. (9) 10. Drank less inside this joint.(5) 11. Rewrite lease for the wooden frame.(5) 12. Evening dress for bed.(9) 13. Cut loss bought about by pests.(7) 16. Turns to retreats.(7) 19. Happy the criminal was under canvas.(9) 22. Groom physique internally for energy.(5) 25. Assists wounded beast.(5) 26. With gas Rogers knocked out the attacker. (9) 27. Hears troubles through the windows.(5) 28. Find me Tuna oil imitation.(9) DOWN 1. Surprisingly U.S.A lasts attacks.(8) 2. Keep going too long to find the monster.(6) 3. Indirect rear entrance.(4,4,) 4. Imprison one after another we hear.(6) 5. Reportedly trick the sea mammal to hide.(5) 6. Reports inclines.(5) 7. Shock and stumble.(7) 8. Barely sufficient jargon from the south.(5) 14. Flasks in the lunch rooms.(8) 15. Saute it quickly to place in position.(7) 17. The warehouse manager found more ants all over the place.(8) 19. Holds onto hundreds of lights.(6) 20. Calms fleas especially contained. (5) 21. Uprooted a canoe(5) 23. A Lima sailor found within the African people.(5) 24. The bird was a legend north.(5) P E R I S H A B L E S D A D O E E A E I E L E A R N T D I A M O N D S I S D R D I E P C R O S S B O W C A R L A E N O O I D R I E D M I D D L E E A R N E O X D E G R A D I N G N E C K S I D O U P S T R I F E C O N S E R V E C E A A N Q S C O V E R C A S T P U R I S T R V E K A O R D U E D I S T U R B A N C E 1 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2 3 4 5 6 7 2 3 4 9 11 12 13 15 16 20 21 23 1 8 10 14 22 5 6 7 17 18 19 F O L L O W S S V L O A C C E P T E D A L L A Y S A R L G T H O R R I B L E R A T H E R N U A E O V E R T I M E N O N X T R A N S M I T S C E E A S P I R E A V I A T I O N R L E R O G R O V E L T R I B U N A L U E T Y S E X T E N D An Aussie Highway Patrol officer pulled over a car on the M1 near the New South Wales and Queensland border. When asked why he was in such a hurry, the driver explained he was an entertainer – a magician and juggler – and was running late for his show in the next town. The officer, intrigued by the idea of juggling, mentioned he’d let the speeding slide if the driver could show him a bit of his act. Unfortunately, the driver had already sent his gear ahead to the venue. Undeterred, the officer suggested using some road safety flares from his car for the impromptu performance. The juggler agreed, and soon he was juggling the lit flares as the officer watched. During the act, another vehicle pulled up. A fellow, who seemed to have enjoyed a few too many, stepped out to watch. After a short while, he wandered over to the patrol car, opened the back door, and climbed in. The officer, noticing this, walked over and asked what he was up to. The man replied, “Mate, I might as well be heading to the station with you because there’s no way I can do that!” TO ENTER SEND YOUR COMPLETED CRYPTIC CROSSWORD TO: “Over 50s Cryptic Crossword Competition” PO Box 3302, Burleigh Town City Q. 4220 Write your name and address on the back of an envelope. First correct entry drawn will win a $50 WISH Card. Entries close 30.04.2024. Winner notified by mail. (Can be used at Woolworths Supermarkets, selected Ampol Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Cellarmasters) Win a $50 WISH Card 9 4 5 2 1 8 3 7 6 2 8 6 3 7 4 1 5 9 1 3 7 5 9 6 8 2 4 8 2 1 9 3 5 4 6 7 3 5 4 1 6 7 9 8 2 6 7 9 4 8 2 5 1 3 4 9 8 6 2 1 7 3 5 5 1 2 7 4 3 6 9 8 7 6 3 8 5 9 2 4 1